Personal Development

How to develop self discipline: Lessons from young Indian athletes at Rio

  In a country where official apathy towards sports-persons has sparked an outcry (at least on social media), the efforts of PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and Dipa Karmakar have been lauded by one and all. Each of these gifted athletes have one thing in common – a dogged sense of self discipline. Their passion has fueled their drive to become the best at what they do. And becoming the best at something requires a superlative resolve, determination and self discipline. While for most of us, a work day includes getting up in the morning by about 7 – 8 AM, going to work, eating 3 – 5 meals, working, meeting a few friends, socializing a bit, getting back home and dozing off,  these young athletes have stuck to tough regimen for years together, denying themselves even of small pleasures such as having a favorite dish or surrounding themselves with gadgets and accouterments that teenagers take for granted.

Beauty and Personal Care

Have a good night’s sleep with SOFY Bodyfit Overnight

‘Good night sleep tight don’t let the bedbugs bite’ Bedbugs can surely ruin your good night’s sleep; for a woman, so can the unease of getting a night time stain. If you are a woman reading this, then you would know how uncomfortable it is to wake up in the middle of the night, disrupting your cozy sleep, and dash to the bathroom for changing napkin to avoid staining during night hours. This can be particularly troublesome when you are traveling or camping. You may be sleeping flat on your back with little movement, or you may have devised ingenious ways to skirt the issue by using double napkins, towels or tissues, but the trouble doubles if you are prone to rashes or irritation. So far, in India, the concept of separate packs for day and night usage did not exist. Then, with the changing lifestyle came SOFY Bodyfit Overnight! Launched by Unicharm, a market leader in baby and feminine care products in Japan, SOFY Bodyfit Overnight is a napkin meant specially for night usage. To think of it, if people can use separate face cream for day and night, why not use separate napkins for day & night?

Personal Finance

Factors to consider while buying a term insurance plan

You don’t buy life insurance because you are going to die, but because those you love are going to live. ~ Unknown author.   A Term Plan is the purest form of life insurance that provides financial protection to your family members. It will help your family meet their financial needs arising due to household expenses and repayment of loans in your absence. When you consider buying a term plan, you need to be fully aware about the benefits provided by a term insurance plan and the required sum assured. The life cover you choose, when deciding on the term insurance plan, should help your family to maintain their current lifestyle, and take care of all your liabilities like repayment of home loan, EMIs, credit card bills etc., while keeping in mind the decrease in value of money due to  inflation.  

Travel and Culture

Impact of Uttarakhand Forest Fire

By Somali K Chakrabarti Image Source   A few weeks back I had written a poem on Forest Fire.  Here is a following  write up by Reshma Gandhi, elaborating upon the impact of the Forest Fire and the related environmental concerns. A fierce forest fire blazed across the state of Uttarakhand in May. Ruthless and punishing it created havoc and disaster. Several viewpoints emerge to get us thinking. Was it the aridity of the forest that prompted it? Did the combustible chir pine trees attract it? Political greed too seems to be the motive behind this relentless destruction. What triggered the Uttarakhand fire is yet unanswered.

Travel and Culture
Travel and Culture


By Somali K Chakrabarti Jingling anklets flicking fingers, shifting glance, moving in tandem –  sea of emotions in a lavish spectacle of dance . © Somali K Chakrabarti   Kathakali, the classical dance form of Kerala, originated in the 17th century, though the roots date back to 1500 years ago and lie in the ritual folk dances and dance dramas of Kerala. Characterized by ornate makeup and fanciful costumes, the dance drama form blends dance, drama, mime and song to depict stories from Indian epics. The body movements of Kathakali are influenced by Kalaripayattu, the early martial arts of Kerala. In an excerpt from the novel ‘Arjun Without a Doubt‘ by Dr Sweety Shinde,  Arjuna, of Mahabharata, draws parallel between dance and martial arts. ‘I would never regard dancers with disdain; I now know what efforts and grueling hours went into excelling in it. Archery and dance, both required an equal amount of dedication and dexterity; timing and tempo; elegance and concentration. Both required rhythm and restraint. War-dance had its rhythm too. ‘ The dance form makes extensive use of  the facial gestures such as movement of the eyebrows,  eye-balls and the lower eye-lids than any other dance style. Performers enact the story using hand gestures, facial expressions and…


Forest Fire

By Somali K Chakrabarti Image Source A raging forest fire Since the past few months Burns the green cover In the state of Uttarakhand The worst of its kinds In the recent times Natural or motivated? Several theories transpire – Combustible chir pine trees or The greed of mafia and lobbies- What stoked the fire Remains yet unknown Meanwhile the disaster spreads Agony unfolds   © Somali K Chakrabarti  

Social Initiatives

Gail-Indian Speed Star: An initiative to promote athletics

By Somali K Chakrabarti   “You will be nearer to Heaven through football than through the study of the Gita.“ This is one of the most popular quotes of Swami Vivekananda. A healthy mind resides in healthy body and football or for that matter athletics are good sports to keep oneself fit. Yet, athletics has received very little support and attention in India, both in terms of budget, and media coverage, which in turn has resulted in the lack of quality training and career prospects for the athletes. Hence, it is not very surprising that the number of world class athletes from India has by far been very few as compared to other countries.   A few facts indicative of the state of Indian athletics: India had first participated at the Olympic Games in 1900, with a lone athlete Norman Pritchard winning two silver medals in athletics. But, it was not before 1920 that India started sending its national team to compete at the Olympics. Since then, the total number of medals won by India athletes in Olympics till date remains 26, a abysmally low number for a country with 1.3 billion population. With a history in athletics  dating back to the Vedic period, the situation certainly deserves to…

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